The Takata airbag recall has become the largest recall in automotive history. Millions of vehicles have been affected by the defective airbags, which can deploy with too much force, sending deadly shrapnel flying throughout the vehicle. At least 23 people have been killed and hundreds have been injured worldwide by the airbags. The inflators are powered by the chemical ammonium nitrate, which can degrade over time, which causes the deployment of the airbag to occur with too much force. The chemical degrades faster in warmer and humid climates.
WSB Radio reports on Honda recalling more vehicles. Honda is recalling some 1.2 million vehicles in North and Central America manufactured in the years 2001 to 2016. The Takata airbags in the vehicles were previously thought to be safe. After an airbag explosion injured a Maryland man, Honda was forced to add these vehicles to the recall lists. The recalls affect Honda vehicles manufactured between 2001 and 2016.
After the accident, an investigative probe determined that inflators that were made at Takata’s Monclova, Mexico facility were faulty due to a manufacturing defect. According to the NHTSA, only Honda used this particular type of inflator manufactured at the Mexico facility.
Honda said that it will begin notifying owners by mail in April. The auto manufacturer will be providing free loaner cars while the repairs are being made.
You can check to see if your vehicle is part of a recall by visiting the NHTSA website and entering your vehicle’s 17-digit VIN number.
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